Dedication to my Professors at UPC

Trip Start Jan 06, 2012
Trip End May 08, 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

What am I taking away from this semester abroad?  After a couple of days of bed rest; I have started thinking about what good has come from this trip and how it has changed me.  Bare with me in this blog, I need to meet the requirements for my class so this is mostly dedicated to 
Professor Aviles. 
Things I have learned from our program leader/ professor/ political scientist extraordinaire Professor Aviles:
1.  I have learned that many indigenous groups in South America are discriminated against in many ways.  The indigenous people are losing their land to corporations and the government and receiving poor compensation if any.  They are slowly getting rights like having schools teach in Spanish and Quechua.  
2. I understand some of the basic human rights provided for indigenous people.  This is not centered around Peru.  In Mexico they have set up juntas to hear out the problems of the indigenous people.  The indigenous people are protesting and fighting for their rights all the time.
3. Rigoberta Menchu is one courageous lady.  She won the Nobel Peace Prize.  She has learned Spanish and is telling her tragic story to help people understand the discrimination against indigenous groups especially in Guatemala.  
4. Ecuador is still in a legal bind with Texaco/Chevron oil lawsuit.  We watched the video crude and learned about the long lawsuit between poor indigenous people living in contaminated areas that Texaca/Cheveron polluted with their oil companies.  The lawsuit is about retribution for the people who have been harmed in the oil contaminated areas.  
5. Peru doesn't want mining in parts of their country because of water contamination.  There is a protest going on in Peru right now over the government allowing gold mining in areas in Peru.  Some of the Peruvians do not approve of this because of the water contamination that it will bring.  

Things I have taken away from my Peruvian Literature Professor Christian:
1.  A background of the folklore in Peru, mostly centered around the story of Cavillaca and Cuniraya.  
2. Noted Peruvian authors like Mario Vargas Llosa, Jose Maria Arguedos, and Julio Ramon Ribeyro.  
3. The meaning of social classes in Julio Ribeyro stories.  How this author loves to write stories about poverty stricken people and their struggles in the real and imaginary world.  
4. Most Peruvian literature is male centered. The heroes of most the stories are men and their are very few women in the stories and they have no part.  
5. The history of downtown Lima.  We took a field trip around Lima and visit historical areas like the Huaca Pucllana.  
Things I have learned from my Spanish Conversation Professor Jesus:
1. Tongue twisters. The tongue twisters taught us how to focus on pronunciation.  
2. Earthquake safety.  He taught us to stay away from windows and glass objects during a earthquake.  He showed us to stay in doorways or exit to a safety zone outside.  
3. Immigration in North and South America.  He taught us about the Chinese and Japanese immigrants in Peru and we read an article about immigration in the US.
4.New vocab. Each class I learn more and more Spanish words that I never knew before.
5.Marca Peru.  How Peru, Nebraska is famous to the people of Lima.  He taught us about the famous people involved in this trip.  
6.Centralism and Decentralism
7. To not be afraid to try and speak in Spanish.  He has everyone speak in Spanish and practice our grammar by assigning power points and other presentations.  
  Things I have learned from my Spanish Grammar Teacher Roberto:
1. The different uses of Spanish sounds in different zones. Mostly linguistics.  
2. Peruvian Spanish vocab like Chamba.
3. The difference between ser and estar.
4. Writing stories in the past tense using preterit and imperfect.  

I personally have grown from my experiences in Peru.  My Spanish is improving immensely and I am learning about the Peruvian culture.  I am making many new friends and I fall even more in love with Peru everyday.  I am changing because I am forced to be out of my comfort zone and meet new people everyday.  I am becoming more adventurous and adding more and more experiences to my life.  I'm enjoying every minute here and never want to leave.  
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